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Meet Delaney Morrow

Today we’d like to introduce you to Delaney Morrow. 

Hi Delaney, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’ve had no shortage of creative hobbies in my life so far and to say that photography has been a favorite of mine recently is definitely an understatement. I remember when I was a kid, I had this little pink digital camera with rhinestones stickers on it and I would take photos of random things. My friends and family always told me that I would be great at photography because I’m an artist and have such an eye for detail, but I never seriously considered it something that I could just pick up and learn how to do. It wasn’t until college that the idea of photography as a serious hobby, let alone a profession, ever became ingrained in my mind. It was then that while running my first business as an artist selling on Etsy, attending school full-time, and juggling multiple part-time jobs, that I realized this was a serious passion of mine. 

It started out with the first-ever DSLR camera my parents gave me for Christmas one year. I’d beg all of my friends to let me take photos of them and after a few years of backyard photoshoots on my Canon Rebel T2i, that I realized, “holy cow I really love doing this.” Flash forward to almost three years after officially launching my business, and I’ve met some of the most amazing clients turned friends, worked with some of the most insanely talented photographers and vendors in the industry, and built myself a successful business doing something I absolutely love. Photography has fascinated and completely consumed me in a way that I never would have imagined. I lose track of time behind my lens and while editing images and have just fallen in love with the creative fire that it ignites in me. I’m also so blessed by the friendships and wonderful people that it’s introduced to me. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think any entrepreneur can speak to the struggles of running a business. One of my biggest fears and reasons why I held back from joining the photography world at first, was how many photographers there are in the industry. I soon came to realize that I was the only person standing in my way. No matter how many other photographers there are out there, there are so many people wanting photos and not just any photos – my photos, my style, and me! Like anything new in life, you just have to get out there and try and fail forward. That’s one thing I’ve kept in my mind as I’m entirely self-taught. I’ve never taken a single photography course or webinar… It intimidated me to know that there were people with years of experience and actual education, but I simply picked up my little DSLR, started shooting, and haven’t looked back since. Something that’s helped me through it all is the amazing group of photographers that I’ve met along the way. I wouldn’t be where I am now without all the supportive women who gave me advice on shooting, permits, and locations, and who let me shadow them at weddings and during sessions, and who cheered me on as I started booking things for myself. Although there are tons of photographers in the industry, I haven’t met a single one who wasn’t looking out for the rest and that’s the remarkable thing about women, that we’re always lifting one another up and when one of us succeeds, all of us succeed. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a portrait and wedding photographer who specializes in couples and seniors. I’d say I’m pretty well-known for my senior photography because that’s what I started doing years ago, and where the bulk of my business comes from. I’ve been extremely lucky to have built a good network of people from my hometown and in Northern Colorado who have referred me to their family and friends, and just continue to support me as I grow. I have a special place in my heart for seniors because they just have the best energy and their eyes are wide open, ready to take on the world ahead of them. Those sessions are just so much fun and so easygoing. Something that I’m most proud of is probably diving into new areas of portrait photography. I think when I first started I just kind of stayed in my lane with individuals and seniors and really never strayed away from that. But ever since I dipped my toes in the wedding world, that’s honestly the place where I’ve learned and grown an incredible amount because weddings are so fast-paced and just completely different from posed portrait sessions. Something that sets me apart from others is that I try to make sessions an “experience” for my clients. I know how uncomfortable it can be to stand in front of a camera and try to act photogenic when you never really do so. So, I’ve learned to push myself, get uncomfortable, and get in front of the camera for a change so that I can understand where my clients are coming from and what sort of guidance they need. Some things I do to help are playing music during sessions, bringing all kinds of fun props, and dancing, and moving around with them so they forget about the camera. And that’s where the magic happens when I can just capture people in their element, completely happy, and enjoying the moment. 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I think I’d define success as constantly learning and being open to trying new things. I think the only time you fail is by not trying at all. I like to think of any failures as stepping stones for future successes and having the perspective of “failing forward”. I’ve learned so much by trying out different areas of photography. I’ve been able to find out what I like doing best, what areas I could improve in, and what I want to try next. I think another characteristic of successful people is the ability to teach others and share your knowledge. If I can help even just one person learn something that I wish I would’ve known sooner, then I’d consider that a win. I’m a very collaborative person and maybe that plays into it, but I think that sharing your success with others by teaching them, only helps you and the other person grow. I think the best approach to success is finding something you love doing, always giving 110%, and always being open to growing and improving. If you can do that, then in my opinion, you’ll always be successful. 

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